Diabetes can be a life-threatening disease if not closely monitored, and finding out if you have it typically requires a series of blood tests and medical analysis. But what if someone could find out if they have the disease simply by taking a breathalyzer test?
That’s the promise of a new sensor developed by chemists at the University of Pittsburgh through the use of nanotechnology, carefully honed chemistry, and computer modeling, Alexander Starr, an associate professor of chemistry at Pitt and the lead investigator on the project, told Design News in an email. “Breath analysis is a noninvasive, rapid, and economic alternative to standard blood analysis,” he told us. “It can be viewed as an alternative tool for the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes without the pain of the blood test.”
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